Jane Foster Schroeder served as a County Extension Agent - specializing in home economics - in Wasco, Jefferson, and Deschutes Counties in central Oregon from 1952 until her retirement in 1980.
Schroeder was born in Altamont, Kansas in 1924, and grew up heavily involved with 4-H under the influence of her mother, who also worked with Extension at the time. After working for Boeing Aircraft Company during World War II as a "Rosie Riveter," Schroeder earned her bachelor's degree in Home Economics from Kansas State University in 1949. She worked for the Extension program in Marion County, Kansas, for three years before moving to Wasco County, Oregon, where she began work as the home economics agent for Extension in Wasco County. Over the next 28 years, she taught thousands of home economic s lessons to myriad communities in Wasco, Jefferson, and Deschutes Counties, including many of the local Native American communities. Schroeder also worked closely with 4-H during her time with Extension.
Following retirement, she and her husband created and ran a successful business in kitchen and bath design.